LGBT+Allies Organization for Cultural Understanding the Health Sciences (LOCUS) 

Ayesha Umrigar and Mirandy Li
Co-Presidents  

LGBT + Allies Organization for Cultural Understanding in the Health Sciences (LOCUS) held two events in the month of October:  

We are pleased to announce that another Safe Zone training session was made available for students. The student-focused training was held on Saturday, October 28th from 1-4 at the LSUHSC downtown campus. Safe Zone training was developed to foster culturally competent work and school environments for LGBTQ individuals. These training sessions provide participants with the awareness, knowledge, and skills to advocate for their LGBTQ peers, family members, friends, coworkers, and for themselves. To date, 27 faculty members have undergone Safe Zone training. They can be identified by the Safe Zone sticker attached to their office nameplate, as well as being listed on our website (see link below). Additional training sessions for faculty will be offered in the near future. 

 We also facilitated a “Coffee Talk” with the New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders (NOAGE) on October 14 at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.). This talk focused on the role of genetic testing in providing patient care. Three student volunteers conducted a simple experiment to demonstrate how genetic testing is performed in the laboratory. If you’d like to participate in future Coffee Talks or any of our other volunteer opportunities, please visit our website (https://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/cmhe/locus/) where you can subscribe to our email list.  

If you have any questions about LOCUS or volunteer opportunities, please contact Co-Presidents Mirandy Li (mli2@lsuhsc.edu) and Ayesha Umrigar (aumrig@lsuhsc.edu).  

 

 

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M.D./Ph.D. Program

A few updates for the MD/PhD program – Dr. Kathleen McDonough has retired after 38 years as a faculty member at LSUHSC New Orleans. She was the Director of the MD/PhD program since 2003. She was preceded by Dr. Adele Spence who was instrumental in initiating the expansion of the program to its current status. Dr. McDonough will continue to assist the students in the program and new Program Director, Dr. Angela Amedee, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology (MIP).

Dr. Amedee has served as the graduate coordinator for the MIP department for a number of years and has trained several MD/PhD students including Drs. Jessica Thomas, currently a faculty member and Associate Medical Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Houston Methodist Hospital and Whitney Nichols, currently a first year pediatrics resident at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, MS. Spencer Robichaux completed his PhD this past May under Dr. Amedee’ s mentorship, was funded by an F30 grant from the National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and is currently a third year medical student. The program is very fortunate to have Dr. Amedee as its new director.

 

 

Faculty Assembly 

The SOM Faculty Assembly met on October 5, 2017.

We reviewed standing reports from The Executive committee, The School of Medicine Administrative Council, and the Faculty Senate.  Old business revolved upon trying to improve specific housekeeping efforts in the Medical Education Building, how to best improve the shuttle usage and use of the shuttle app, and future fundraising efforts by the Faculty Assembly.

New business consisted of a discussion on how to best improve safety around campus and at University Medical Center and how to distribute safety information most efficiently.  If you would like to add to the above mentioned issues or there are important issues that you think the Faculty Assembly needs to address, please contact us via the website suggestion box at http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/faculty_assembly/ or one of your faculty assembly representatives:

Faculty Email Department Telephone Executive Committee
Clinical Science 2015-2018
Guillory, Shane sguil1@lsuhsc.edu Med 568-5722
Gottlieb-Sen, Danielle dsen@lsuhsc.edu Surgery 568-4750
Happel, Kyle khappe@lsuhsc.edu Med-Pulm/CC 568-4634 Admin. Counsel Rep
Hetzler, Laura (BR) lhetzl@lsuhsc.edu ENT 225-765-1765
Hunt, John jhunt2@lsuhsc.edu Surgery 568-4750 President
Lee, Olivia olee2@lsuhsc.edu Orthopedics 568-4680
McGoey, Robin rmcgoe@lsuhsc.edu Pathology 568-6031
Oge, Linda (LAF) loge@lsuhsc.edu Family Med 337-278-4121
Clinical Science 2016-2019
Ali, Murtuza mali@lsuhsc.edu Med (Cardio) 617-997-9160
Callahan, Kristin kcall1@lsuhsc.edu Psychiatry 568-6004
Delacroix, Scott sdelac@lsuhsc.edu Urology 412-1600
Holman, Stacey sholma@lsuhsc.edu OB/Gyn 568-4850
Houser, Marcella mhouse@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-2777
Mooney, Jennifer jmoone@lsuhsc.edu Surgery 568-4750
Prasad, Pinki pprasa@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-9740 Secretary/Treasurer
Spieler, Brad bspie1@lsuhsc.edu Radiology 568-5523
Surcouf, Jeffrey jsurco@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-9418
Clinical Science 2017-2020
DeSilva, Taniya tdesil@lsuhsc.edu Med (Endo) 617-997-9160
Hart, Jennifer jhart@lsuhsc.edu Med 568-5722
Kamboj, Sanjay skampo@lsushc.edu Med 568-5722
Lilje, Christian clilje@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-9751
Orangio, Guy gorang@lsuhsc.edu Surgery 568-4750
Polite, Florencia fpolit@lsuhsc.edu OB/Gyn 568-4850
Rivera, Dana driver@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-9418
Roth, Christopher croth@lsuhsc.edu Urology 568-2207
Basic Science 2015-2018
Campeau, Lisa lcampe@lsuhsc.edu Anatomy 568-2792
Lentz, Jennifer jlentz@lsuhsc.edu NC/ENT 599-0400
Levitzky, Mike mlevit@lsuhsc.edu Physiology 568-6184
Winsauer, Peter pwinsa@lsuhsc.edu Pharmacology 568-2063
Basic Science 2016-2019
Gardner, Jason jgardn@lsuhsc.edu Physiology 568-7252
Kapusta, Daniel dkapus@lsuhsc.edu Pharmacology 568-4740
Kelly, Ben bkell2@lsuhsc.edu MIP 568-6115
Sturtevant, Joy jsturt@lsuhsc.edu MIP 568-6116
Basic Science 2017-2020
Crabtree, Judy jcrabt@lsuhsc.edu Genetics 568-2963 Admin. Counsel Rep
Goodchild, Traci tgoodc@lsuhsc.edu Pharmacology 568-3116
Kozlowski, Pamela pkozlo@lsuhsc.edu MIP 568-6956
Taylor, Christopher ctay15@lsuhsc.edu MIP 568-4065 President Elect

Office of Diversity & Community Engagement 

In 1981, under the direction of Dr. Ed Helm, past Associate Dean of the Office of Minority Affairs, a Pre-matriculation Program was developed to assist with the retention of medical students in the School of Medicine. Since that time hundreds of students have participated in and completed the program. The Summer Pre-matriculation program continues in the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement with the continued mission of facilitating a student’s academic, environmental, and emotional adjustment to medical school.  

 The program was developed to assist underrepresented students as well as non-traditional students, including students who may be several years out from undergraduate or graduate coursework. The curriculum for the program has focused on traditional basic science courses such as Anatomy, Embryology, Biochemistry, and Physiology as well as study skills. However, more recently the curriculum has expanded to include population health, health disparities, diagnostic reasoning, and high fidelity simulation. Most importantly, the program provides mentoring opportunities for the participants which supplements the formal Houses program in the School of Medicine.  

 Participants of the Pre-matriculation program include MD and MD/PhD students, in-state and out-of-state students, as well as those students who have interest in primary care and surgical specialties.  Past and current Pre-matriculation students have been actively engaged in community outreach and have been recipients of numerous accolades and awards including Gold Humanism and Service awards in the School of Medicine. 

For any questions regarding the LSU School of Medicine Pre-matriculation program. Please contact the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement  at http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/cmhe/  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Association for Women in Science – South Louisiana Chapter (AWIS-SL) Update 

Association of Women in Science (AWIS) – Southern Louisiana Chapter
Jane Eason, Ph.D., P.T.
President

In August, we hosted a Back to School Networking Social to welcome and meet new students and colleagues in STEM at LSUHSC.

Upcoming Events for Fall Semester

  • Thanksgiving Pot-Luck with Recipe Sharing – November 7 at 11:30am in Allied Health Seminar Room 1
  • Graduate Student Networking Event – TBD
  • Christmas Social – December 8th at 5:30 pm – Dr. Lisa Harrison-Bernard’s home

We are continuing to collect individual/personal toiletries for our friends at the Rebuild Center.  We are also collecting magazines and participating in the laundry detergent pod donation for the Rebuild Center.  Dr. Donna Neumann is coordinating these ongoing donations.

We supported the Komen Breast Cancer Race on October 21.  Additionally, we supported the SOM Women’s Affairs Committee Events, which included a Breast Cancer Awareness Honor (Survivor) Board in October.

For the holidays, we are participating in the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family and Mr. Bingle Program.  Through this program, we are adopting a senior and a family with three children for Christmas. Donations can be made by contacting Carmen Canavier at ccanav@gmail.com

The AWIS Southern Louisiana chapter is dedicated to empowering women in science and technology by providing a platform for networking opportunities and career development programs, and to promoting an interest in science among girls and young women.  The AWIS Southern Louisiana chapter welcomes all persons interested in furthering the careers of women in science.

The cost to join the national organization is $150.00 annually as a professional member and $65.00 annual for junior members (students, postdocs).  To join only the AWIS-SL chapter only, professional and junior member dues are $25.00 annually and $10.00 annually for students.  We use this money to help fund our Outstanding Young Scientist Travel Award for graduate students/post-docs as well as for other community outreach events.  If you are interested in joining the local AWIS chapter, please contact our treasurer, Allison Augustus – Wallace at awall1@lsuhsc.edu.

If anyone is interested in learning more about us, please contact anyone on the Executive Committee; we would be glad to provide more information.

Local Executive Board members are:

  • Jane Eason (SAHP), President
  • Tekeda Ferguson (SOPH), Secretary
  • Allison Augustus-Wallace (SOM), Treasurer
  • Angela Amedee (SOM), Past-President
  • Crescent Combe (SOM) – Post-Doc Representative
  • Adrienne McGinn (Graduate Studies) – Graduate Student Representative

 

Association for Women in Science – South Louisiana Chapter (AWIS-SL) Update 

Jane Eason, Ph.D., P.T.

We have continued with our mentoring lecture series this spring with Dr. Florencia Polite presenting another outstanding mentoring seminar titled “The Mentor/Mentee Relationship – How to Make the Most of Your Role” on April 27.  She did an outstanding job presenting information that would be useful to all who attended.  She has graciously agreed to share her references and the slides from her lecture, so if anyone would like this information, please contact Jane Eason at jeason@lsuhsc.edu.

We hosted a networking event in the Raised Root Garden on April 19.  There was a good mix of students and faculty sharing information while enjoying light snacks on a beautiful day in the garden right after work.   For those not aware of this garden, it is located in the grassy area between the old Dibert Building and the 1542 Tulane Ave Building.  There are several raised garden beds, an herb garden, several benches and a lending library.

Our most recent outreach event was a STEM fair for a Girl Scout Troop based out of Our Lady of Divine Providence on Saturday, May 13 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Girl Scouts were able to rotate through several stations that included Dress Like a Scientist, Tobacco Models, Models of Organs, Exposure to Lead, Noise and Hearing, and Vaccinations.  Faculty and students from LSUHSC manned the tables and interacted with the girls providing information as well as challenging them with questions about these topics and what science topics they were learning about in school.  With the wide variety of backgrounds of the faculty and graduate students, the girls were able to learn about diverse science topics as well as the many opportunities for science careers.

The AWIS Southern Louisiana chapter is dedicated to empowering women in science and technology by providing a platform for networking opportunities and career development programs, and to promoting an interest in science among girls and young women.  The AWIS Southern Louisiana chapter welcomes all persons interested in furthering the careers of women in science.

The cost to join the national organization is $150.00 annually as a professional member and $65.00 annual for junior members (students, postdocs).  To join only the AWIS-SL chapter only, professional and junior member dues are $25.00 annually and $10.00 annually for students.  We use this money to help fund our Outstanding Young Scientist Travel Award for graduate students/post-docs as well as for other community outreach events.  If you are interested in joining the local AWIS chapter, please contact our treasurer, Allison Augustus – Wallace at awall1@lsuhsc.edu.

If anyone is interested in learning more about us, please contact anyone on the Executive Committee; we’d be glad to provide more information.

Local Executive Board members are:

  • Jane Eason (SAHP), President
  • Tekeda Ferguson (SOPH), Secretary
  • Allison Augustus-Wallace (SOM), Treasurer
  • Angela Amedee (SOM), Past-President
  • Crescent Combe (SOM) – Post-Doc Representative
  • Adrienne McGinn (Graduate Studies) – Graduate Student Rep

LGBT+Allies Organization for Cultural Understanding the Health Sciences (LOCUS) 

Mirandy Li and Ayesha Umrigar
Co-Presidents of LOCUS

Mirandy Li and I are honored to introduce ourselves as the new co-presidents of our campus-wide LGBT organization, LOCUS (LGBT+Ally Organization for Cultural Understanding in the Health Sciences). The goals of this organization are to advance awareness and understanding of LGBT-related issues both at LSUHSC and in the New Orleans community, as well as to provide a safe space for all members of the LSUHSC community.

This past year was very successful, with LOCUS hosting seminars, participating in community outreach events, and co-sponsoring the LGBT Healthcare Disparities Symposium with ETHIKOS (see the accompanying story in the Top Stories section of this issue of The Pulse). Mirandy and I plan to continue this momentum, and we have several community outreach events planned with groups such as NOAGE (New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders) and the New Orleans LGBT Community Center.

We are also happy to announce the creation of our new web page, which can be accessed at https://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/cmhe/locus/. This web page has a list of general LGBT resources, as well as description of our upcoming events and a link for subscription to our listserv. Stay tuned for a more detailed list of our events. We look forward to a successful year.

The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement

Robert Maupin, M.D., Associate Dean of Diversity and Community Engagement

The School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity & Community Engagement (ODCE) is privileged to serve as a sponsor to medical student cultural affinity organizations, Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the newly chartered Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA).  The office is additionally proud to support the active engagement of our students who are providing an active voice to the strengthening of our campus climate’s dimensions of equity and cultural competency.

This winter, student leaders promoted and organized the emergence of a new student organization SAME – Students Advocating for Medical Equity. Student leaders envision the evolution of an active, diverse, intersectional student group that includes members spanning all medical school levels and works closely with faculty and staff.
Their vision espouses a Mission Statement which articulates that: Students Advocating for Medical Equity (SAME)’s mission is to contribute to the development of a more equitable and diverse institution at LSUHSC and to collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to create opportunities that will prepare students to be compassionate and culturally competent physicians. Organizational goals focus on:

  1. Engage with the Office of Admissions for Equity
  2. Engage in Student Development and Curriculum Planning for Equity
  3. Engage in Faculty Development for Equity
  4. Engage with other Student Groups for Equity

Meetings between various student representatives of SNMA, LOCUS, SAME, APAMSA, and LMSA have created a synergy in purpose and commitment to effecting positive change in our campus culture. Senior SOM leadership at Dean’s staff level have actively committed to forging constructive engagement with students in SAME to advance institutional growth and change that will empower both students and faculty. Dr. Robert Maupin hosted an evening dinner meeting at his home, bringing together engaged student leaders with Drs. Hamilton Farris and Cathy Lazarus from Student Affairs and Dr. Robin English, the New Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, to develop strategic planning around advancing cultural competency in areas of curriculum and faculty development.

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This past month the ODCE was also privileged to host a historic exchange between New Orleans area African American medical pioneers and LSU medical student members of the Student National Medical Association. A Black History Month luncheon was hosted in the Chancellor’s Reception Room celebrating the legacy of Flint Goodridge Hospital and Flint Medical College, which provided medical education for African American medical and nursing students, and clinical practice opportunities for physicians of color during the Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras in Louisiana. Our LSU students were extremely grateful to physicians and nurses from the New Orleans Medical Association who passionately recounted the successes and challenges of building and advancing hospital services, which provided an unprecedented access to care for the African American community prior to the racial integration of access to medical care for both patients and physicians of color.

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(left to right) Shirley Theodore, C.R.N.A, Errol Quintal, M.D., and Joseph Labat, M.D. provide discussion for the Black History Month luncheon celebrating the legacy of Flint Goodridge Hospital and Flint Medical College

The School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity & Community Engagement (ODCE) is privileged to serve as a sponsor to medical student cultural affinity organizations, Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the newly chartered Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA).  The office is additionally proud to support the active engagement of our students who are providing an active voice to the strengthening of our campus climate’s dimensions of equity and cultural competency.

 

This winter, student leaders promoted and organized the emergence of a new student organization SAME – Students Advocating for Medical Equity. Student leaders envision the evolution of an active, diverse, intersectional student group that includes members spanning all medical school levels and works closely with faculty and staff.

 

Their vision espouses a Mission Statement which articulates that: Students Advocating for Medical Equity (SAME)’s mission is to contribute to the development of a more equitable and diverse institution at LSUHSC and to collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to create opportunities that will prepare students to be compassionate and culturally competent physicians. Organizational goals focus on:

  1. Engage with the Office of Admissions for Equity
  1. Engage in Student Development and Curriculum Planning for Equity
  1. Engage in Faculty Development for Equity
  1. Engage with other Student Groups for Equity

 

Meetings between various student representatives of SNMA, LOCUS, SAME, APAMSA, and LMSA have created a synergy in purpose and commitment to effecting positive change in our campus culture. Senior SOM leadership at Dean’s staff level have actively committed to forging constructive engagement with students in SAME to advance institutional growth and change that will empower both students and faculty. Dr. Robert Maupin hosted an evening dinner meeting at his home, bringing together engaged student leaders with Drs. Hamilton Farris and Cathy Lazarus from Student Affairs and Dr. Robin English, the New Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, to develop strategic planning around advancing cultural competency in areas of curriculum and faculty development.

 

This past month the ODCE was also privileged to host a historic exchange between New Orleans area African American medical pioneers and LSU medical student members of the Student National Medical Association. A Black History Month luncheon was hosted in the Chancellor’s Reception Room celebrating the legacy of Flint Goodridge Hospital and Flint Medical College, which provided medical education for African American medical and nursing students, and clinical practice opportunities for physicians of color during the Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras in Louisiana. Our LSU students were extremely grateful to physicians and nurses from the New Orleans Medical Association who passionately recounted the successes and challenges of building and advancing hospital services, which provided an unprecedented access to care for the African American community prior to the racial integration of access to medical care for both patients and physicians of color.

 

 

MD/PhD Program

Kathy McDonough, Ph.D., Director 

In August 2017 we welcomed 4 new students into the MD/PhD program.  They are: Brittney Foret, Jacob Meariman, Joshua Schwartzenburg and Nathan Sharfman.

The 6 students welcomed into the MD/PhD program in August 2016 have finished the first year of medical school, research rotations during the summer and are currently beginning their second year of medical school. They are: Kaylin Beiter, Nicholas Fried, Hunter Hidalgo, Kristina Larter, Mirandy Li, and Phaethon Philbrook. Kristina has recently published work from her MS degree in the Journal of Fish Biology on effects of hypoxia on Gulf Killifish.

Four students will be transitioning into Graduate School – Robert Fuchs, Nazary Nebeluk, Zachary Stielper and Tony Tseng. Only one of our MD/PhD students, Alan Tseng, is transitioning to 4th year of medical school while several others will be finishing their PhD and returning to medical school this summer including Stephen Ford and Spencer Robichaux; Stephen and Spencer have both received F30 grants from NIH to support their research and medical training.

During this past academic year, Robert Fuchs was awarded a travel grant to give an oral presentation at the Brain Behavior Chemistry Conference in San Antonio and Jeffrey Wang received the translational/clinical poster award at the Department of Medicine Research Day. Felix Nau was awarded the IPSA Award of Inter-professional Distinction.

May graduation brought the MD/PhD program to its greatest number of graduates from Medical School. Three of them finished their PhD in Pharmacology; 3 in MIP and 2 in Genetics. Three have matched to Pediatrics programs – Jack DePaolo at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia; Michael Ripple at Washington University in St. Louis, and Whitney Nichols at the University of Mississippi in Jackson. Two matched in Medicine – Ferdous Kadri at the University of Florida and Felix Nau at Wake Forest University. Myles Ketchum matched in Family Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California and Valarie McMurtry matched in Pathology at the University of Utah where one of our other graduates, Ryan Craig, is currently training. Brendan Burn will do surgery here at LSUHSC.

We are very proud of them and wish them all of the best in their future training and careers!